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Pioneering the analysis, design and integration of high frequency electronics devices and systems

EPSRC iCase Studentship with Renishaw

EPSRC iCase Studentship with Renishaw Plc. This is available for Home and EU applicants who have lived, worked or studied within the UK for three years prior to the start date. The studentship is for 4 years and covers University tuition fees (Home/EU) and provides an annual tax-free stipend of minimum £17,000 (increasing each year).The expected start date is 1st October 2019.  

Project Description

RF/microwave components are essential for telecommunications and radar systems. With on-going development of 5G mobile networks and new generations of satellite platforms, which are the backbone of many emerging applications such as Internet-of-Things (IoT) and Internet-of-Space (IoS), metal 3D printing or additive manufacturing has recently been seen as an enabling technology for future RF/microwave components to meet stringent requirements for system applications. 

Additive manufacturing (AM) is revolutionising how RF/microwave components are designed and manufactured. This all presents a great opportunity and potentially large market of using and commercializing metal 3D printing technology in this field. This industrially collaborative PhD will provide students with the opportunity to interact with researchers and developers from both academic and industry sectors. It is expected that the candidate will work on industry inspired problems and challenges. The project will involve electromagnetic simulation and design of metal 3D RF/microwave components, prototype hardware manufacturing and experimental demonstration. 

The project industrial partner Renishaw is one of the world’s leading engineering and scientific technology companies, with expertise in precision measurement and healthcare. The company supplies products and services used in applications as diverse as jet engine and wind turbine manufacture, through to dentistry and brain surgery. It is also a world leader in the field of additive manufacturing (also referred to as metal 3D printing), where it is the only UK business that designs and makes industrial machines which ‘print’ parts from metal powder. For this project, the company will also offer Additive Manufacturing of prototype on their machines; their commitment of appropriate human resource and use of their ancillary equipment to support research; and a member of staff to be an industrial supervisor and liaison.This project will further strengthen the Strategic Alliance between Renishaw and Heriot-Watt. 

References

[1] IET Microwaves, Antennas&Propagation, “Microwave components using AM techniques”, vol.11(14), 2017. 

[2] Sorrentino R. and Peverini O.A., “Additive manufacturing: A key enabling technology for next generation microwave and millimeter-wave systems,” Proceedings of the IEEE, vol. 104, pp. 1362–1366, 2016. 
[3] Booth P. and Lluch E.V., “Enhancing the Performance of Waveguide Filters Using Additive Manufacturing”, Proceedings of the IEEE, vol. 105, pp. 613-619, 2017. 
[4] Zhang B. and Zirath H.,“Metallic 3D printed rectangular waveguides for millimeter-wave applications,” IEEE Trans. on Components, Packaging and Manufacturing Technology, vol. 6, pp. 796–804, 2016.

Please do not hesitate to contact me if you have any enquiry or need more information.

A formal application can be mad online at

https://www.hw.ac.uk/study/apply/uk/postgraduate.htm

15 Funded Early Stage Researcher (ESR) PhD positions in H2020-MSCA-ITN-TESLA

Applications are now closed

Space is key asset for Europe. Europe’s citizens enjoy the benefits, from jobs and economic growth, to public services, efficient communications and security. To respond to global challenges, Europe must continue to have a prominent role in space at a time when other world powers are rapidly developing their space capabilities. Since satellite payload RF components and systems are essential for delivering mission objectives and supporting ground equipment and telecommunication systems, new technologies and techniques are required to respond to emerging satellite applications and technology challenges. To this end, TESLA Innovative Training Network (ITN), a consortium of 8 academic universities and 11 industrial partners, will train 15 PhD students, i.e. Early Stage Researcher (ESR) fellows, in a vibrant, multidisciplinary training-through-research environment uniquely equipped to develop the Advanced Technologies for future European Satellite Applications. The TESLA ESR fellows will pursue PhD in collaborating with senior staff in academic and industrial sectors to conduct top-notch research into new and enabling technologies for satellite flexible payloads, big constellation systems and Internet of Space, satellite high-speed communications and remote sensing, as well as large satellite platforms.

Research topics include: 

  • Highly integrated compact lightweight switch matrix technology 
  • (Scientist-in-Charge Prof. Jiasheng Hong, J.Hong@hw.ac.uk)
  • New design techniques of space systems suitable for metallic additive manufacturing technologies in the context of the IoS
  • (Scientist-in-Charge Prof. Miguel Laso, mangel.gomez@unavarra.es)
  • Millimetre-wave components for high-power space applications
  • (Scientist-in-Charge Prof. Miguel Laso, mangel.gomez@unavarra.es
  • Synthesis and design of reconfigurable topologies for high-power filters and multiplexers
  • (Scientist-in-Charge Prof. Vicente Boria, vboria@dcom.upv.es)
  • Novel technologies for miniaturized passive components and sub-systems with tuning capabilities 
  • (Spain, Scientist-in-Charge Prof. Vicente Boria, vboria@dcom.upv.es
  • Millimetre wave hardware for the next generation W band satellite communication systems
  • (Scientist-in-Charge Prof. Michael Höft, Michael.Hoeft@tf.uni-kiel.de)
  • Synthesis, design and fabrication of novel tunable components for satellite communication
  • (Scientist-in-Charge Prof. Michael Höft, Michael.Hoeft@tf.uni-kiel.de
  • Micromachined millimetre and submillimetre-wave filters for communication satellites and space-born remote sensing
  • (Scientist-in-Charge Prof. Joachim Oberhammer, joachimo@kth.se
  • 3D micromachined micromechanics for low-loss, low-weight re-configurable satellites 
  • (Scientist-in-Charge Prof. Joachim Oberhammer, joachimo@kth.se)
  • Additive manufacturing of non-planar microwave passive components 
  • (Scientist-in-Charge Prof. Wolfgang Bösch, wbosch@tugraz.at 
  • Design of mm-wave passive components in semi-planar technology 
  • (Scientist-in-Charge Prof. Wolfgang Bösch, wbosch@tugraz.at)
  • High performance miniaturized component for aerospace applications
  • (Scientist-in-Charge Prof. Cristiano Tomassoni, cristiano.tomassoni@unipg.it)
  • Use of additive manufacturing (AM) for microwave components for space applications up to terahertz frequencies
  • (Scientist-in-Charge Prof. Cristiano Tomassoni, cristiano.tomassoni@unipg.it)
  • Advanced materials for high power components
  • (Scientist-in-Charge Prof. Nicolas Delhote, nicolas.delhote@xlim.fr)
  • Development of topology optimization tools for RF components
  • (Scientist-in-Charge Prof. Nicolas Delhote, nicolas.delhote@xlim.fr)

Essential Criteria and Important eligibility rules for candidates: 

Applicants should have a good undergraduate degree or a postgraduate Master's degree (or equivalent) in electronic or electrical engineering or a physical sciences subject as well as highly proficient English language skills. The ability to thing logically, create solutions and make informed decisions is essential as are excellent organizational skills and the ability to travel and work across Europe.

There are no restrictions on the nationality, but researchers must be early-stage researchers (ESR), i.e. at the time of recruitment, be in the first four years (full-time equivalent research experience) of their research careers and have not been awarded a doctoral degree.

Researchers must comply with the mobility rule - Researchers may not have resided or carried out their main activity (work, studies, etc.) in the country of their host organisation for more than 12 months in the 3 years immediately before the reference date: the recruitment. Compulsory national service and/or short stays such as holidays are not taken into account.

Salary: The successful candidates will receive an attractive salary in accordance with the MSCA regulations for Early Stage Researchers http://ec.europa.eu/research/mariecurieactions. The PhD funding is for 36 months.

Application: Contact the Scientist-in-Charges at the host organizations for individual ESR positions as soon as possible for further details. (NB. the expected start date of 1st July, 2019 or as mutually agreed upon by both parties)

Skills/Qualifications: Applicants should have a good undergraduate degree or a postgraduate Master's degree (or equivalent) in electronic or electrical engineering or a physical sciences subject as well as highly proficient English language skills. The ability to thing logically, create solutions and make informed decisions is essential as are excellent organizational skills and the ability to travel and work across Europe.

Requirements: There are no restrictions on the nationality, but researchers must be early-stage researchers (ESR), i.e. at the time of recruitment, be in the first four years (full-time equivalent research experience) of their research careers and have not been awarded a doctoral degree.

Researchers must comply with the mobility rule - Researchers may not have resided or carried out their main activity (work, studies, etc.) in the country of their host organisation for more than 12 months in the 3 years immediately before the reference date: the recruitment. Compulsory national service and/or short stays such as holidays are not taken into account.

Electromagnetic sensors for wearable healthcare applications

 

Dimitris St

Wearable electronics technology for healthcare management, personal safety, and consumer products enhancement has the potential to transform our everyday life and improve the quality of living of healthcare patients and athletes. Non-invasive healthcare monitoring of body signal bio-parameters – such as movements, respiration, and temperature – without physical intervention or interaction with the patient is particularly of interest in this project. To date, the widespread adoption of many body wearables is limited due to intrinsic limitations mainly related to the flexible/rigid interface: complex wiring, mechanical/electrical reliability, presence of rigid and bulky batteries and charging circuits, washability. Seamless integration is key for user convenience that will ultimately lead to adoption of the technology in everyday applications.  This PhD research project envisages developing a wireless body sensor reader that can detect and estimate human body signals through a passive radio-frequency interrogation process and will be integrated with a sensing antenna. It is expected that this PhD research project will change the conventional approach to wearable healthcare electronics, ultimately leading to novel RF circuit architectures that take advantage of modern System-on-a-Package and System-on-a-Chip technology developments, and it may be a key enabler in lowering healthcare costs, particularly for the elderly.

Eligibility: DTP (UK nationals, or EU citizens who lived in the UK for the past 3 years)

Interested potential PhD candidates, please contact Prof Dimitris Anagnostou for enquires. Applicants should apply by Friday 26th June through the Heriot-Watt University portal.

Downhole Wireless RF Communications

PhD

There is an industry desire to create and extend the usage of RF wireless technologies to develop future digital-based oil fields. In particular, this PhD project will assess current evolving aspects of wireless technology to be adapted for providing sub-surface monitoring of Oil and Gas wells. Currently most well measurement communications systems employ permanently installed electrical cables or acoustic technologies.

OGIC logoThe intention of this project is to assess and model the physical wellbore architecture and EM environment for the application of wireless RF communications in shallow sub-surface well environments; initially identifying the potential transmission schemes and then developing a wireless RF communications system (early prototype) to prove and validate the novel concept. The prototype, once developed, is patentable and will involve the development of new antennas and RF components as well as the system modeling, design, and implementation. At least two IEEE publications are expected from this research as well as conference publications and travel. This engineering research also has the opportunity to deliver low cost well performance for monitoring well head operational efficacy and crude throughout. Applications are expected for the Global Oil & Gas market sectors. Moreover, this proposed wireless well communications modem system can benefit the Global Oil and Gas industry by reducing the high cost of well interventions ($1 million / well) and can provide a key enabler for deploying low cost well measurement technology in wells and further allow for the introduction of new wireless RF sensor technologies.

In addition to this cost savings, there are significant benefits to production optimization by measuring more wells on a continuous basis. It is expected that this PhD research project, to develop the first RF wireless modem system for wells in the Global Oil and Gas Industry, will change the conventional approach to well measurements and monitoring. This can deliver a cost effective technology solution to enable the monitoring of more wells on a continuous basis. Ultimately this RF communications technology implementation can lead to the lowering of the number of routine well interventions, and, it may be a key enabler to lowering crude costs. In addition, the proposed wireless RF sensor communication system may foster the permanent monitoring of Oil and Gas wells with enhanced efficacy.

Eligibility: Funded PhD Project (European/UK Students Only)

Interested potential PhD candidates, please contact Prof. Symon K. Podilchak, for enquires. Applicants should apply through the Heriot-Watt University portal.

 

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Interested potential PhD candidates, please contact Prof. Symon K. Podilchak, for enquires. Applicants should apply through the Heriot-Watt University portal.